Punjabi University has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Punjab directorate of census operations, union ministry of home affairs, for setting up a workstation for research on micro-data for tabulation of data collected during the census in proper format with a high-level of accuracy to make it available for use in academic research at the university-level.
The MoU was signed in the presence of vice-chancellor Jaspal Singh by university registrar AS Chawla and Kamal Swarup Bhatnagar, joint director, directorate of census.
Chawla said the Planning Commission of India has approved to set up 18 workstations for research on micro-data and Punjabi University has the distinction of setting up the first centre.
He added that the objective behind setting up of the workstation is to permit qualified researchers to make optimum use of micro-data from the census for in-depth research for allowing access for generating cross-tabulation.
The Indian census has a rich tradition and enjoys the reputation of being one of the best in the world. The mammoth exercise of collection of micro-level data collected from each person in the country on different subjects will be made available to the researchers, added Chawla.
SS Khaira, dean, academic affairs, was also present.
Harvinder Singh Bhatti, professor of sociology, will be the incharge of the centre and Malkit Kaur of the sociology department will assist the incharge.
The directorate has agreed to provide a grant of Rs 20 lakh for setting up the workstation and the first installment of Rs 10 lakh has been received by the university.